Press release of August 16, 2012
Schools receive cash or free equipment from Target, Price
Chopper & Hannaford
New & ongoing corporate
promotions benefit BH-BL
HILLS: Anyone with a Facebook page can use a
new "Give with Target" program to make a donation to
any of the five Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake schools at
no cost to themselves.
Target's is just the latest in a
number of corporate promotions that benefit our
school district annually. While some parents and
grandparents have been cutting off and saving their soup labels
and cereal box tops for many years,
today's corporate donation efforts are often
linked to the internet, making participation easy
for both the school and the shopper.
"Schools are under intense pressure
to reduce the funding we get from taxes, so one area
the BH-BL Board of Education wants to explore is
more ways to tap into financial support from
corporations," says BH-BL superintendent Patrick McGrath.
"The school district is not promoting any particular
store. But if anyone -- parents, staff, residents or
their family members -- already
patronizes a certain store, these programs can provide
a way for them to donate to the school district at no cost to
Below are links to more detailed
information on how you can participate.
Target donating $2.5 million in
gift cards to schools through "Give with Target
Individual schools are eligible to
receive up to $10,000 each in gift cards from Target
based on the number of electronic "votes" they
receive via Facebook between now and September 8.
For each 25 votes, the school will
receive a $25 Target gift card. This promotion is
open to anyone with a Facebook page. You do NOT
need to go to an actual Target store to participate,
but you do need to have a Facebook account.
How to participate: Go
https://givewith.target.com/ and look for the
red "Find a school" bar. Type in a zip code and
click on the school you want to vote for.
(Note: Pashley Elementary is listed
under zip code 12302. You will find Charlton Heights
Elementary, Francis Stevens Elementary and the BH-BL
High School under zip code 12019, and the Richard
O'Rourke Middle School under zip code 12027.)
You can only vote once a week, and
the program says it will send you an email when you
are eligible to vote again.
BH-BL schools get free
equipment annually through Price Chopper's "Tools
Maybe you are a Price Chopper
shopper who signed up for Tools for Schools years
ago, but is your account still current??
Shopper can specify which school
they want their Tools for Schools points to go to.
Points are accrued based on how much you buy using
your Price Chopper AdvantEdge card, and some
purchases earn double points. Schools will receive a
catalogue showing the free equipment that they can
order using the points that were accumulated for
them between July
29, 2012 and March 30, 2013.
How to participate: Go
to sign up, or check or change the school your
points will go to. You will need to provide the ID
number on the back of your AdvantageEdge card.
Each school has a 5-digit code
number. Four of the BH-BL schools are listed under
Saratoga County, as follows:
Heights Elementary # 15697
Stevens Elementary # 15698
Elementary # 15975
School # 15716
The Richard O'Rourke Middle School
is listed under Schenectady County with code #
Hannaford shoppers help
schools, too, through "Hannaford Helps"
In 2011, Hannaford stores donated
$780,000 to 2,800 K-12 schools across New York and
New England through their "Hannaford Helps Schools"
Details on the 2012 Hannaford Helps
program are not yet available, but
will be posted here on the Hannaford website
when they are available.
In the past, Hannaford shoppers who
purchased items on a lengthy list of specific
products could earn cash for the school of their
choice, money that was greatly appreciated by the
Anyone with questions about any of
these promotions should check the store's website or
contact the store in question.
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